A Visit to the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens Part 1
First, let me tell you, that taking the time to trek across Hawaii (the Big Island) to visit the Hawaiian Tropical Botancial Gardens was ABSOLUTELY worth it!!
Just outside of Hilo, tucked into a lush valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, are the Hawaiian Tropcial Botanical Gardens.
Above, the kids decided to accompany me for the day, much to my surprise, and truly enjoyed the outing.
After checking out the little gift shop and purchasing our passes to tour the gardens, we headed for the entrance and stopped to admire unknown and alien looking plants along the way. (Compared to our plants in the PNW.)
|Beechey Bamboo - bambusa beecheyana poaceae - origin China|
|Bougainvillea in a vivid magenta hue|
|At the head of the trail|
I'll do my best to identify plants. Please forgive any mistakes.
|It is a sight to behold... orchids growing in their natural habitat.|
|Ferns growing on the tree trunks. I believe 'Maidenhair' Adiantum capillus-veneris|
These botanical gardens have a neat history.
"The Garden was established in 1978 after Dan and Pauline Lutkenhouse purchased the secluded and beautiful property in Onomea (which means ‘good feeling’) without knowing exactly what they wanted to do with it. Lutkenhouse quickly decided to establish a botanical garden, and preserve the valley and its beauty forever. After eight years of backbreaking work, clearing the wild and overgrown jungle by hand so as not to destroy or disturb the natural environment, the Gardens opened to the public in 1984"
|patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for mom to finish taking photos|
It was fascinating to follow the canopy layers as we walked down the trail. The size of the plants were awe inspiring...compared to their tiny counterparts that we see in our local indoor plant nurseries.
|No flower, but this is 'Raspberry Yogurt' costos vargasi costaccae - origin Peru|
|'Ten Day' Heliconia rostrata - Lobster Claw Plant|
|Ferns or palms?? I think these were Highland Betel Nut Palms - origin - New Guinea|
|Bee hive ginger 'Pink Maracas'|
|Vine is scindapsus pictus- origin Malaysia|
|Alison says...Cordyline - found it: Cordyline fruticosa 'Miss Andrea' • Asparagaceae|
The lighting was tough to get the kind of wide shots I would have liked. It was this lush environment where every green thing had a different shape and texture. It was overwhelming to a person who is really, quite unfamiliar, with tropical plants.
I could have taken half a day to walk down the boardwalk and still not have seen everything.
In part 2, I'll explore the sights as we wandered around the ground floor. In part 3, I'll show you the orchids. The AMAZING orchid gardens!! There could be a part 4. I took so many pictures.